Be the perfect host and prepare for the unexpected with these helpful entertaining tips for last minute guests.
5 Super Tips for Entertaining Last Minute Guests
Sometimes it just happens: you think you’re going to have a quiet evening when suddenly you’ve got a visitor arriving at your door without any prior notice.
Be ready for such an occasion with these helpful tips for entertaining last minute guests:
1. Pre-made Gift Boxes
If you’re going to the trouble of baking batches of holiday cookies, why not set aside a dozen or so for drop-in guests. It’s easy to box up a couple of containers with cookies, jams, chocolate, or even homemade soaps to give as gifts. Besides it’s always nice to give a bit of something homemade this time of year.
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2. Gift Closet for All Occasions
Have a gift closet or shelf that you can quickly access on the spur of the moment. I collect small trinkets like beautifully tied stationary and envelopes, votive candle holders, small books with words of wisdom or sayings and handmade artisan soaps throughout the year when I see them on sale. In addition, I keep small gift bags, a box of assorted gift cards, raffia and ribbon, scissors, along with colorful tissue paper alongside the gifts, so that I can wrap and bag them in a jiffy.
3. Welcome Gifts for Drop-ins
It takes only seconds to bring out a set of seasonal towels and soaps for your powder room and kitchen. Not only will your guests feel special but it also makes a thoughtful presentation that shows you care.
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4. Keep Your Pantry Well-Stocked
Jacques Pepin knows a few things about last minute entertaining. His best tip is to keep fixings for an appetizer and meal on hand. If you keep your pantry stocked, you’ll never be at a loss for what to make for drop-in guests.
For me, I like to keep a package or two of pasta and a couple of jars of moderately priced pasta sauce, just in case. It’s makes the perfect 10 minute One Pan Pasta recipe.
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5. Have Conversation Starters Ready
Remember that impromptu visits don’t always have to include stuffy sofa talk. Instead think about maybe inviting your guests to:
• Watch a movie like: What About Bob?
• Play a fun board game like Apples to Apples.
• Reminisce with some old photo albums or view your old pics and family videos on your Apple TV.
• Assist with preparing the meal or snack.
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Remember it’s really not important to impress your last minute guests as much as it is to welcome them with open arms and heart. Take time to visit and spend quality time with them. You’ll be glad you did.
For more great ideas for handling last minutes guests and stress-free party planning, be sure to check out Wisconsin Homemaker’s Entertaining Section.